Peru’s Palacio del Inka: Where luxury meets legacy

ByAndrea Thompson

June 10, 2024
Located in the centre of Cusco, the Palacio del Inka embodies a fusion of historical eras, providing a lavish retreat rich in history.

Located in the centre of Cusco, the Palacio del Inka embodies a fusion of historical eras, providing a lavish retreat rich in history. The mansion, which dates back 500 years and was once integral to the Incan empire before passing into the hands of Spanish conquerors, today stands as a tribute to the diverse cultural legacy of Peru.


The Palacio del Inka originally served as an Incan palace next to the Qoricancha, or Temple of the Sun, which was a spiritual and cultural centre. It was claimed by Gonzalo Pizarro during the Spanish conquest and subsequently transformed into a colonial mansion.

Today, it is owned by the Luxury Collection by Marriott, whose reputation guarantees that every guest experiences the utmost comfort while revelling in its historical significance. In tribute to its colonial origins, it showcases original artifacts, intricate hand-painted artwork by local artisans, and vibrant colours resonant with Peruvian heritage. The stone archways and Hispanic art further enhance its status as a living museum.


The hotel boasts 203 rooms and suites, featuring an interior that marries colonial elegance with contemporary luxury. Adorned with rich textiles, hand-painted ceilings, classic colonial décor, and marble bathrooms, it provides a haven of comfort. Some rooms offer views over the courtyard or the cobblestone streets of Cusco. Despite being equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and safes, the notable lack of coffee/tea making facilities is apparent.


The hotel boasts a hydrotherapy pool, fitness centre, and the Andes Spirit Spa, offering treatments with Germaine de Capuccini products. Indulge in Peruvian culinary delights at the Inti Raymi Restaurant, which uses local Andean ingredients. Enjoy epicurean dishes from breakfast to dinner, either in the restaurant or on the illuminated outdoor patio for a romantic dining experience.

With a Master Sommelier on staff, the hotel presents a diverse and exclusive selection of national and international wines, providing a magical pairing experience. Additionally, they offer mixology classes, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and tours.

Why visit

Visiting Palacio del Inka is more than just a stay; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of Peruvian culture. It’s a place where luxury meets history, where every corner tells a story, and where the spirit of the Inca civilization is palpable.

Whether you’re exploring the cobbled street or nearby Temple of the Sun it promises an unforgettable journey through time and tradition. It’s not just a hotel; it’s a destination that captures the essence of Peru.